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limpet

Syllabification: lim·pet
Pronunciation: /ˈlimpit
 
/

Definition of limpet in English:

noun

A marine mollusk with a shallow conical shell and a broad muscular foot, noted for the way it clings tightly to rocks.
  • Patellidae, Fissurellidae (the keyhole limpets), and other families, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the common limpet (Patella vulgata)
Example sentences
  • Entering the water from the shore, the first animal we spot may well be a mollusc such as a limpet or dog-whelk.
  • Barnacles are crustaceans like crabs and shrimps but, because of their appearance, until the 19th century they were thought to be molluscs like limpets and whelks.
  • Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.

Origin

Old English lempedu, from medieval Latin lampreda 'limpet, lamprey'.

Words that rhyme with limpet

incipit • limepit

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